It was a cold night in the Geary Woods but hundreds of fans turned out to Speedway 660 for the Riverview Ford Season Opener and Re/Max Kids Night. There was lots of exciting action in five dynamic divisions and an equally exciting candy scramble during intermission!
Speedway 660 pits were open to fans before Saturday nights races. Brent Roy takes time to sign an autograph for one of our youngest fans, who seems more interested in the candy she just got than the autograph.
The Riverview Ford Season Opener & Re/Max Kids Night pit visit is popular with fans of all ages.
Cory Hall, from Jolicure, was the top Bando kid on opening night. Cory drove the wheels off the 08 to put it in Victory Lane.
Cole Tanner, one of the top Bando drivers in Atlantic Canada, gave it all he had but was unable to pass Cory Hall. Cole was happy with 2nd place in the Bando feature and it likely won’t be long before the kid from Shubie visits victory lane.
MacKenzie Brewer served notice he’ll be a West Wood Estate Apartments Bandolero contender in 2014 with a solid third place performance. It was MacKenzie’s first-ever podium finish and the kid from Quispam sure was a happy camper!
Jeremy Doran has one goal and one goal only in 2014 and that is to win the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter championship. Jeremy won the Sharp Shooter feature on opening night and will look to accumulate more championship points when we go racing next Saturday night.
Malcolm Suley wasn’t able to catch Jeremy Doran on Saturday night, but the Clarendon driver was more than satisfied with 2nd place in the Sharp Shooter feature. Malcolm says he loves racing in these little cars and enjoys the tough competition too!
Randy Campbell won his Sharp Shooter heat on Saturday night and brought the 52 home in a 3rd place feature finish. Randy told the fans they could go Sharp Shooter racing for just a few hundred dollars and encouraged anyone interested to come out to Speedway 660 and have some fun!
Re/Max Kids Night is always fun for our youngest race fans. At intermission the kids came out on the track for our popular candy scramble. These “sugar-deprived” little race fans got their fill of candy on this night!
The A&W Root Bear even made an appearance at Speedway 660 on Saturday night. The “smarter than your average bear” was wearing a nice, warm, hunter orange coloured sweater!
Oh What a Night it was for Justin Cole! The popular young driver from Harvey won the Jensen Financial hat-trick award. Cole took his heat race, the dash and the DMR Auto Sales & Service Street Stock feature. What a way to start the season and to serve notice that he’ll be a driving force in 2014!
Robert Raynes almost won the street stock championship a year ago. Last season he got off to a slow start. In this year’s season opener, Rob came home 2nd in the feature and is hoping this just might be the year he claims a championship.
Luc MacLaughlin finished third in Saturday night’s street stock feature. The 2013 Rookie of the Year also won his heat race and was pretty pleased with the way things worked out Saturday night.
Rick Cashol, a multiple street stock champ at Speedway 660, had a rough ride in Saturday night’s feature. Ricky ended up in a precarious position on the backstretch and brought out a Service Master Clean caution!
It was emotional night for Brent Roy. Brent paid tribute to his friend Jordan Gahan, who recently passed away, by winning the Martins Home Heating Sportsman feature. Brent, who has run #26 since he started his racing career, has changed his number to 16JG to honour the memory of his good friend Jordan.
George Jamieson, who runs the only Dodge in our Sportsman division, had an impressive 2nd place finish on Saturday night. George also won his heat race.
Andrew Rodgers picked right up where he left off last year by finishing on the Sportsman podium Saturday night. The young gun from Smithtown was third and had to outrace his brother Matt to put the #14 on the podium.
Steve Halpin had an opening night to remember to start his 2014 season. Steve took home a Jensen Financial Hat-Trick Award by winning the Re/Max Group Four Realty feature, dash and his heat race. The Saint John driver proved that hard work over the winter, a dedicated crew and great sponsors can help a young driver achieve success.
Derek Christie came home 2nd in Saturday night’s pro stock feature. Derek tried high and he tried low but just was unable to get by Steve Halpin. Nonetheless, Derek and his Dad Leon were happy to take 2nd and bring the car home in one piece!
Big Kevin Moore was a force on Saturday night. Kevin outdueled Dave O’Blenis to win his heat race and then brought the 88 to a 3rd place finish in the feature. Kevin says he’ll run the upcoming PASS race at Speedway 660 if he can find another sponsor or two – so if you’d like to see some local content in the PASS race track down Big Kevin!
It was a “wicked-cold” evening at Speedway 660, but our fans toughed it out and were rewarded with an awesome night of racing during the Riverview Ford Season Opener and Re/Max Kids Night. Everyone is excited about getting back to the Geary Woods and looks forward to another great year. Next Saturday night we’ll be back down to Speedway 660 for another incredible night of points racing and then on Saturday, June 7th we host the Pro All Star Series’ only event of the year in Atlantic Canada!